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Does angioplasty help treat angina?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
If you have stable angina (or no symptoms at all) from a narrowed coronary artery, medical therapy alone is a better option than more aggressive treatment, according to the Clinical Outcomes Utilizing Revascularization and Aggressive Drug Evaluation (COURAGE) trial. Contrary to what many people believe, angioplasty done for mild or no symptoms does not protect you from having a heart attack in the future.

However, if you are having a heart attack or an episode of unstable angina, angioplasty is definitely better than drug treatment at preventing a second heart attack and improving survival.

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